Yeehaw! After his claims 3-months ago that he would be dead in 3-months, Tiger King’s Joe Exotic is still with us on this earth. Not only that, but he’s launching an underwear line? Meanwhile, his nemesis Jeff Lowe says he’s got his own show in the works. Oh, and Carole Baskin has seized Joe’s zoo. Can’t win ’em all.
As I’m sure everyone knows, Joe is in prison. I’m also sure you’ve all read he’s been working to request a pardon from Donald Trump. Well, the request is here and right on time. That is if it was supposed to arrive in the midst of an election campaign, global pandemic, hurricane season, cross country protests, and half the nation on fire.
It was only 11.5 weeks ago, after our nation was met with a global pandemic, that we all came together and bonded over Tiger King. This absolute shit show of a series taught me about love, loss, polygamy, meat trucks, and that just about anyone can run for an office. Speaking of, in case you missed it, Joe Exotic is still waiting on that pardon from reality-star-turned-president, Donald Trump. And we’re all still waiting on his record deal!
I’m sure all you cool cats and kittens haven’t forgotten Joe’s nemesis Carole Baskin. The woman who is accused of feeding her murdered husband to tigers. Carole is remarkable to the point that even Cardi B has taken shots at her. Since then, it’s been revealed that Carole is actually in control of Joe’s zoo. Of course, Joe is in prison and this zoo was being run by Jeff Lowe. Are you keeping up? Well, it sounds like Jeff isn’t about to let this eviction destroy his chance at the spotlight. Or whatever this mess is considered.
Is it just me or do the stories stemming from Netflix’s hit Tiger King keep getting weirder and weirder? Usually when this kind of show is done, it’s done. See Netflix’s other hit, Too Hot To Handle. As in, there isn’t much to say about it once it’s over with. This is definitely not the case with Joe Exotic and his band of merry crazies.
First there was the news that Nicholas Cage of all people would be playing Joe Exotic in a series. Although as strange as it is, I can’t think of anyone better fit to play someone as odd as Joe Exotic. Then we found out that Joe is seeking a pardon from President Donald Trump. Let’s face it, this is probably pretty low on the list of priorities right now. But he’s asking! Finally, in one of the most interesting turn of events, Carole Baskin was awarded Joe’s beloved zoo. Was that the final straw for Joe Exotic?
There are a lot of things you can say about Tiger King star Joe Exotic. As the clear breakout star of the seven-part docu-series, Joe showed us all kinds of crazy. From his 2016 presidential run, to his cringe-y yet amazing music videos, Joe is a personality that is larger than life. He wanted fame above all else. And honestly, I wanted it for him. Sure, Joe has his faults, but there’s something so endearing about him. Or maybe I’ve just truly lost my mind during quarantine. We can’t be sure.
Even though Joe is now an international sensation, he tragically cannot enjoy this fame. Joe is currently serving a 22-year sentence on murder for hire charges against the now infamous Carole Baskin. Like many, I felt like Joe was set up in a way. Even Cardi B expressed her feelings on Joe’s prison sentence. “He will be free,” she promised. But Joe isn’t waiting around for to Cardi’s GoFundMe campaign to get him out of jail. Instead, Joe is going straight to the source himself: President Donald Trump.
In the midst of the craziness that is 2020, the Tiger King phenomenon lives on. Even if you haven’t watched the seven part Netflix series, you’ve undoubtedly heard about it. Breakout star Joe Exotic, who is currently serving a 22 year sentence in an Oklahoma prison, was even mentioned during one of President Donald Trump’s press conferences. He has become a bona fide star.
Fans have been hungry for more Tiger King content since the series dropped on Netflix. The series could not have come at a more perfect time. When news broke of a scripted version of the story, the Internet went crazy. Twitter was wild with casting suggestions on which stars should play characters like Carole Baskin and Doc Antle. And now, the first official casting announcement has been made.
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Tiger King is arguably the most-talked-about reality TV show right now. Fans want more content. However, there’s one major hold up. The show’s main cast member Joe Exotic is locked up in an Oklahoma jail cell. There are some people, including Cardi B, think that Joe Exotic should not be serving that 22-year jail sentence. As fans are aware, Joe was convincted on two charges of murder hire, for allegedly trying to off his sworn nemesis Carole Baskin.
He was also hit with some other charges related to some issues at his zoo in Oklahoma. And by some “other changes,” I mean 17 different charges. In short, it is a very complicated situation.
I’m not gonna name names, but there are a lot of reality stars who think they’re a way bigger deal than they actually are. That’s not because I’m trying to be classy. It’s just because there are too many reality TV cast members with big egos and an inflated sense of importance.
OK, OK. Twist my arm. I’ll mention one of those people. Real Housewives of Atlanta OG NeNe Leakes has been a polarizing figure. NeNe has acted like she is too good for the show that made her famous and gave her all that money she brags about. She even left RHOA for a little bit to pursue some other opportunities. There’s no doubt that NeNe was hustling for those checks. She had a guest role on Glee. She acted in a show called The New Normal, which was canceled. NeNe appeared on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. To be honest, I have no specific memories of NeNe on that show. However, who could ever forget NeNe bragging to Sheree Whitfield about her “Trump check” on RHOA?